According to the Centers for Disease Control, in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19, we should wear cloth face masks in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. And kids are no exception. Per the Academy of Pediatrics, children older than two years old should also wear masks when outside of the home and unable to social distance (like at the grocery store or doctor’s office).
But getting kids to actually wear the damn things is like asking them to eat their greens or keep their Sunday best wrinkle-free. In other words, practically impossible. So we tapped three moms who have successfully wrangled their children into them for their tips. Read on for how to get kids to keep their face masks on long enough for you to, um, do whatever it was you needed to do in the first place.
(Note: Babies and toddlers under the age of two should not wear masks, which could pose a choking hazard.)
1. Make sure it's actually a child-size mask. Mom of two Jillian tried giving her kids adult masks and quickly realized that they wouldn’t work, which is why she now insists on buying masks specifically made for kids so that they fit correctly and comfortably. Many child masks also have fun prints like cars, unicorns and Disney characters. Here are some of our favorite picks.